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HOUSTON: Saturdays and Sundays 4-5 p.m. on NewsRadio 740 KTRH 

SATURDAY: We love Roadfood today – just about all of us who love food at all. But that wasn’t always the case, 30 years ago, back before Jane and Michael Stern published a book that basically made us say “greasy spoon” like it’s a good thing. Well, Jane and Michael are still at it – with an assist from new, online, interactive technologies that make their efforts publishing a book on paper between covers seem a little antiquarian. We catch up with the dynamic duo of Roadfood in New Orleans for their festival, and also check in with two Texas icons being honored: Royer’s Café in Round Top and Louie Mueller’s Barbecue in Taylor. Texas brisket and great pies on the streets of the French Quarter – as those Gershwin boys used to say, who could ask for anything more? 

SUNDAY: We really like Chef Troy Knapp at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort just outside the sprawl of San Antonio – and no, not just because he cooked a wonderful lunch for us doing our recent visit. We were especially impressed by the fact that he’s a trained and certified sommelier. This means he barely ever cooks anything for anybody without also coming up with a wine that’ll suit it perfectly. As part of the same broadcast from the resort, we sit down for a super-VIP tasting of bourbons with one of the guys who’s done the most for this American spirit, Bill Samuels Jr. of Makers Mark. Back a couple decades ago, when bourbon was just something Texans poured into their Coke to get a buzz, Bill’s father started pioneering steps toward quality that would increase both price and pleasure. We personally would like to thank the Samuels, pere et fils, for doing that.

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About John DeMers

I've been a journalist and author forever. My favorite single word in the English language is "foodandwine." This spirit drives my 45 published books and my weekly radio show heard in Houston, Dallas and Austin.

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